Most of our therapists are offering face-to-face counselling sessions.
Virtual Therapy will always be available through our secure video platform, or by telephone.
To ensure the safety of our clients and our team, we have implemented procedures as per the Alberta Government Workplace Guidance.
All clients who choose to come in to the office for their sessions will be sent a COVID SCREENING email 24 hours before the scheduled appointment. PLEASE make sure you fill out this survey ahead of time.
IN-OFFICE COUNSELLING PROCEDURES:
PLEASE WAIT IN YOUR VEHICLE, AND CALL THE OFFICE TO LET US KNOW YOU HAVE ARRIVED – 403-381-6000. A STAFF MEMBER WILL COME OUT TO GET YOU ONCE WE ARE READY.
WE WILL ASK YOU TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE & AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT.
PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING OF AT LEAST 6FT
MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND MUST BE WORN THROUGHOUT YOUR SESSION
- Only the client will be allowed in the building – Family members, caregivers, and friends must wait in their vehicle for the duration of the appointment.
- If you need to make payment for a client, schedule future appointments, or have general questions, please call the office and the administrative team will process all requests over the phone 403-381-6000.
If you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days, or are a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please either reschedule your appointment, or request to switch your appointment to one of our virtual platforms.
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Associates Counselling Services
Providing Counselling Services in Lethbridge for over 25 years.
Experienced Counselling Services in Lethbridge.
Associates’ Counselling Services has an exemplary standard in providing the utmost quality of services to individuals, couples, families, and groups in need of therapy within the community. We strive to provide service that is congruent and caring, quality counselling to help you.
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It is our goal to create a comfortable, safe environment where we’ll work together to achieve your goals.
Anxiety, Depression, Stress
Many of us struggle with feelings of sadness, overwhelming fears, or a desire for relief. This can make it hard to handle… Learn More
Grief and Loss
Life transitions are hard, whether related to a loss of a loved one or a shift in career, it can feel incredibly painful adjusting to the new… Learn More
Couples and Relationships
Despite the high rate of marriage/common-law, few people have been given the tools to repair and renew their most important relationships… Learn More
Children and Teens
Being a teenager or a youth in today’s world can be extremely overwhelming. Feelings of loneliness, fear, and the pressure to be “enough”… Learn More
First Responders, Military
Serving as a law enforcement and first responder is one of the most important and rewarding ways you can serve the public in a meaningful way. It can also be very stressful… Learn More
Trauma and PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that follows an event whereby a person perceives there may have been some serious risk of harm to them, or someone… Learn More
In Need of Counselling?
We have a dedicated team of Masters/Doctorate level clinicians to offer counselling services within the city of Lethbridge. Our clinicians come with experience to offer specialized services in anxiety, depression, stress, relationship counselling, PTSD, grief/bereavement, stress management, anxiety/panic attacks, family therapy, substance abuse & addiction, physical/sexual abuse, child/youth issues, and much more.
Find Your Counsellor
We are proud to offer a diverse and experienced team of counsellors. Whether you require the services of a psychologist or social worker, we have someone ready to help.
What will happen during sessions?
How am I suppose to open up to a stranger ?
Some people actually find it easier to talk to someone who is not in their day to day life. Knowing that we are there to give you our full attention, compassion and acceptance can make it easier than talking to people you know.
I have never accessed counselling services before. How do I set up an appointment?
How many sessions will it take?
The amount of sessions a client may require truly depends on their personal situation, and individual needs. While some clients only need one or two sessions, research suggests that the average person may need 4 to 8 sessions in order to reach their counselling goals.
It is typical during the beginning of therapy for people to come more often, once a week or every two weeks, and then progressively space their appointments out longer as time goes on. The frequency of sessions may lessen over time, and clients may only come in as needed.
Whatever your counselling goals are, we are here to support you through your journey to overall better mental health.
Do people become dependent on their therapist?
We usually have people in our lives that are important to us for all sorts of reasons. We have friends, doctors, dentists, car mechanics, etc. in our lives who we count on for things that we need. So why does having a therapist bring up fears of dependency for so many people?
One possibility is that it is terrifying to be ‘known’. What we mean is the prospect of someone seeing and experiencing those aspects of our self that we carry shame around. At the same time there may be a longing to be connected and understood. So we can end up with this internal struggle that is very ambivalent about connecting with a therapist who is trained to connect with us in a deep and meaningful way.
For many of us the attachment process (our ability to connect with and feel safe with people) has been disrupted. For some this means they want to avoid any attachment as it is dangerous and unpleasant. For these folks they have disconnected from their need for attachment and are ‘going it alone’ in the world. They tend to avoid being known because they are afraid it will be used against them.
Then there are folks who want to connect but don’t believe they can have what they want. They have had the rug pulled out from under them too many times and expect that people will leave and not be there for them. These folks fear of loss and abandonment fuels their need to hold on to any connection. In a different way they protect themselves from being known AND attempt to control the connection.
As your therapist we are interested in paying attention to you and ‘knowing’ you.
How do I know that this will work for me?
Check out Brad Moser’s presentation for SACPA (Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs) in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Brad talks about how the pandemic has affected our mental health and strategies for practicing positive mental health.
Look for Signs. Here are some signs that someone may be feeling suicidal. Talking about suicide, either directly or vaguely (e.g., not wanting to live, can’t do it anymore, wishing they were never born).
Expressing feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or depression. From the outside, it may seem like they have a lot to live for, but inside, they may feel that there’s no hope for the future.